• More Small Business Embracing e-Commerce

    CBS Money Watch | November 28, 2014

    You may already have had your fill of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But what about "Small Business Saturday." That initiative, begun several years ago, is meant to garner support for local small businesses during the holiday shopping season, especially on the Saturday following...

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  • Facebook Small Business Video Doubles Ahead of Holidays

    Bloomberg | November 27, 2014

    When small businesses ask Facebook Inc. (FB) for advice on getting noticed amid all the holiday season marketing, the company has a new tip this year: video. The number of small and medium-sized businesses posting video on the social network almost doubled in the last year, with 800,000 of...

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  • Mobile Matters This Holiday Season, Including for Small Retailers

    Internet Retailer | November 26, 2014

    Smart use of analytics, web design principles and e-mail marketing will allow smaller companies to compete with retail giants, without breaking their budgets. As the holiday season lands at our doorstep, larger retailers are flexing their mobile muscles by launching apps, touting...

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  • Appy Holidays

    Twice | November 25, 2014

    Discussions abound about whether or not retailers should open on Thanksgiving, but what gets lost in the shuffle is the fundamental question of “What do consumers want?” Based on their behavior and the already strong start to the holiday retail season, the answer appears to be they want to...

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  • Optimism Rebounds Among Small-Business Owners in October

    Wall Street Journal | November 21, 2014

    Small-business owners were more upbeat about hiring, capital spending and sales expectations in October, lifting overall business confidence, according to a report released Tuesday. The National Federation of Independent Business’s small-business optimism index increased 0.8 point to 96.1 in...

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  • It’s A Mobile Payment Invasion

    Business 2 Community | November 19, 2014

    Google Wallet and Venmo and PayPal, oh my! The mobile payments business in the US is evolving rapidly, and the evolution is just beginning. In addition to the conventional credit cards, debit cards, and prepaid cards, consumers can now utilize mobile wallets, apps, andNFC- enabled technology....

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  • Square’s Secure New Credit Card Reader Can Help Curb Fraud

    Business News Daily | November 18, 2014

    Square’s mobile credit card reader is about to become a lot more secure. The company, which provides little gadgets you plug into your smartphone or tablet to accept credit card payments on the go, is  taking preorders for a more-secure version of its reader that accepts microchip-based EMV...

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  • These Businesses Are Already Putting Apple Pay to Work. How You Can, Too.

    Business News Daily | November 17, 2014

    Eric Rhee, director of business development for the frozen yogurt chain 16 Handles, picked up the phone to call Apple as soon as the announcement was made: He wanted to test Apple Pay in one of the company's 43 stores. Giving Apple Pay a try was not a difficult decision, Rhee told Business News...

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  • U.S. Bank Promises Invoicing Simplicity with Viewpost Partnership

    Payment Week | November 14, 2014

    U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, has announced a new partnership with Viewpost. Viewpost aims to digitize invoices, along with providing a variety of tools for small businesses to keep track of and easily manage cash flows. The partnership will provide the...

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  • The Cloud Offers Multiple Benefits for Small Businesses

    Financial Post | November 13, 2014

    Nearly every small business knows a bit about cloud computing. In all likelihood, most are using some form of cloud-based services for administrative functions such as payroll, inventory management or even logistics. And many small businesses are now starting to familiarize themselves with...

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